The Club at Mediterra

Our weather in Naples, FL in November is usually ideal and it certainly was this Saturday evening for the wedding celebration of Jessica and David. The Seaside String Trio was chosen to perform the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception music held at this gorgeous venue, The Club at Mediterra.

The Club at Mediterra wedding

We began prelude music at 4 pm and the ceremony was scheduled for 4:30.  Music that was requested included Finale from Handel Water Music, O mio babbino caro by Puccini, Con te Partiro and Panis Angelicus.  The ceremony was slightly delayed and we filled in with additional baroque and romantic selections. Here was the program for the ceremony:

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach: Seating of Parents of Groom; Seating of Mother of the Bride

 Canon in D, Pachelbel: Entrance of Officiate/ Groom; Entrance of 5 Bridesmaids/ 5 Groomsmen; Entrance of 2 Flower Girls ( together)

Air, Bach: Entrance of the Bride

 Ave Maria, Schubert: music within the ceremony for “moment of remembrance”

 Trumpet Voluntary, Clarke: Recessional 

 Le Rejouissance, Handel: Postlude

After the ceremony we moved under the porte-cochere for the cocktail reception. Since the ceremony ran long, cocktail hour was shortened so we did not get to pay all the selections that were requested. Pops music was on the playlist and here are the selections we performed: Ain’t That a Kick in the Head; All You Need is Love; At Last, The Best is Yet to Come, California Dreamin’, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Come Fly With Me, Fly Me to the Moon, Everybody Loves Somebody, It Had to Be You, Volare and What a Wonderful World.

As guests went inside for the dinner, many commented how much they enjoyed our music which always makes us feel grateful and appreciated!

Best wishes to Jessica and David! Thank you for having Seaside Strings a part of this special day!



The Club at Mediterra

The Club at Mediterra is such a lovely and elegant venue in Naples, FL. Audrie and Jeffrey chose this venue for their February wedding and the Seaside String Trio to provide the ceremony and cocktail reception music. The ceremony was set for 4:30 with prelude music beginning at 4pm. The weather was a little iffy when we arrived but cleared up over time and became a beautiful evening for this celebration.

Club at Mediterra wedding

I worked with Audrie mostly through emails but I could tell she gave her music  selections a lot of consideration. She decided on a mix of music for the ceremony and all popular music for the reception. Her choices for prelude were Purcell, Rondeau; Forever in Love by Kenny G;  Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel; For Always by Josh Groban; Marry You by Bruno Mars; Dodi Li; All I Ask of You from Phantom, Te Deum by Charpentier and Handel Water Music.

When Lindy, the coordinator at the Club, signaled that they were ready to begin, we began to play Can You Feel the Love Tonight for the Seating of the Parents. When the Mother of the Bride was seated we began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the Entrance of the Wedding Party. Christina Bowman, Officiate, led the way down the sidewalk followed by the Groom, Groomsmen,  5 Bridesmaids and the Ring bearer and Flower Girl. When everyone was in place, we began to play God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton for the Entrance of the Bride. The couple chose to do a wine ceremony and we played From This Moment On as Christina explained the significance and the couple drank from the wine glass. For the Recessional we played Handel’s Le Rejouissance and as the guests made their way to the reception, we played Vivaldi’s Spring.

Here is the playlist for the Reception: All of Me, John Legend; Brown Eyes Girl, Van Morrison; Don’t Stop Believin’ , Journey; Firework, Katie Perry; God Only Knows, Beach Boys; Good Life, OneRepublic; A Heart Full of Love from Les Miserables; Hey Soul Sister, Train; How Sweet It Is, James Taylor; It’s Your Love, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill; Just a Kiss Goodnight, Lady Antebellum; Just the Way You Are Amazing, Bruno Mars; Livin’ on a Prayer, Bon Jovi; Over the Rainbow from Wizard of Oz.

We really love surprising everyone with the popular music selections we can play. We got many compliments, even from the staff at Mediterrra!

Thank you, Audrie and Jeffrey we wish you all the very best!!


Mediterra Beach Club/ The Club at Mediterra

We continued the busy month of October with  two events at Mediterra. The first was at the Mediterra Beach Club, a beautiful venue off of Bonita Beach Road in Bonita Springs about 20 minutes away from the The Club at Mediterra in Naples. The Seaside String Quartet was providing the wedding ceremony music for the wedding of Stacy and Eddie. This was a destination wedding for the couple from Ohio and the venue provided a beach environment in elegant surroundings.

Barbara of Focus Floral and Mary Ann, coordinator at Mediterra, were  both putting on finishing touches to the setup when we arrived. Everything looked gorgeous and it was  a beautiful day!  Both ladies were very meticulous to make sure all looked perfect!

Mediterra Beach Club

The staircase coming from the building was perfect for the dramatic entrance of the Bride. I wish I had taken a picture of it!  This picture was taken from the top of the stairs looking down on the beach.

Stacy chose traditional classical music for the wedding ceremony. A  lively Haydn piece was played for the Seating of the Grandmothers and Mothers.The Bridesmaids walked down the staircase and were met at the bottom by the Groomsmen to the music, Pachelbel’s Canon in D. When the 5  Bridesmaids and Groomsmen were in place, we began to play the fanfare for the Bridal Chorus, signaling the Entrance of the Bride. A family friend, Bryan, performed the ceremony. As the couple took their first kiss as husband and wife, we played the Wedding March for the exit of the wedding party. We played Mozart’s Alleluia as the guests made their way out. Then we quickly packed up our equipment and hustled to our cars to travel to the Club at Mediterra for the cocktail reception. We were able to do this before the guests boarded the buses.

Music for the cocktail reception was all popular songs. Stacey allowed her mom to make these choices. Among the selections were Bless the Broken Road, How Deep is Your Love, If You Could Read My Mind, Love Story, Sound of Music, This Guy’s in Love With You, When I’m 64, When You Say Nothing At All, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, I Say a Little Prayer, It Had to Be You, LOve Theme from the Godfather, My Girl, This Will Be ( An Everlasting Love), The Way You Look Tonight and we finished with When You Wish Upon a Star.

I am disappointed that I did not get a chance to meet Stacy. She was wonderful to work with and so organized. We wish her and Eddie all the best!

The next weekend , our string quartet once again came to The Club at Mediterrra for a cocktail reception. Kevin of Botanicals on the Gulf did an awesome job with the flowers. Lanterns provided by Niche Event Rental adorned the entry way. The elegant venue, garden theme, beautiful weather and classical music of Seaside Strings all combined to make it a perfect evening.

The Club at Mediterra The Club at Mediterra cocktail reception

The Club at Mediterra

It was a picture perfect evening at the Club at Mediterra for the wedding of Abbey and Mario. Considering it was the end of May, it was a beautiful evening that did not feel terribly hot and humid. There was a great breeze and Mary Ann, our venue coordinator, and Stephanie Meiser  of Along Came Stephanie, the wedding planner, had thoughtfully made sure we were in the shade.  Our couple from Atlanta chose this elegant venue for their destination wedding and chose the Seaside String Trio to provide the wedding ceremony music and music for their cocktail reception. I am joined by Susan Sikuta on violin and Diane Coffman on cello.

Club at Mediterra Wedding

When I arrived, Stephanie was at the ceremony site so we discussed the coordination of the processional. With that done, I checked out the location of the cocktail hour since we had to move after the ceremony. We had never played on the terrace off of their Grill Room before. Mary Ann put us in the perfect spot again where we were in the shade and could enjoy some cool air coming from the nearby room.

It was great to work with Russ Winn, Officiate,  again and other vendors involved on this evening were Set Free Photography, Isn’t She Lovely Florals, Kakes by Karen, Niche Event Rentals, Hope Artistry and Alter Elements.

We were scheduled to start at 5:45 for the 6 pm ceremony but we started to play early when the first busload of guests began to arrive. Among our selections were Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #3, At Last, Delibes Flower Duet, The Way You Look Tonight, Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba, What a Wonderful World, and Movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite. It was a nice mix of classical and popular music.

At 6 pm all the guests were in their seats and I got the signal from Katy, Stephanie’s helper,  that they were all set. For the seating of the Mothers and the Entrance of the Officiate , Groom and Groomsmen we performed Schubert’s Ave Maria. This piece is a bit tricky to time but it worked perfectly to play it one time through. I was so thankful I had asked Katy prior to let me know when the men were all in place because it turned out I could not see them at all from where I was seated. Thank you Katy!

Next came Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Entrance of the Bridesmaids and the Flower Girl. We came to a nice ending just as the flower girl took her place on the bottom step. For her Entrance, Abbey chose the Pachelbel Canon in D.  I think I heard some oohs and aahs as Abbey walked with her Dad down the long walkway and up the stairs  to join her new husband, Mario. After the rings and vows and a short poem, we began to play The Prayer for the sand ceremony. Since Reverend Winn was using a microphone, we had no worries that we would cover what he was saying. As the ceremony concluded, we played You’re the First, the Last, My Everything for the Recessional. As the guests were mingling and moving on to the reception, we played  Everything, a new song requested by Abbey and Mario.

It was a mix of classical and popular for the cocktail reception also. On the playlist were All You Need is Love, Marry You, Don’t Stop Believin’, You and You Waltz, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Better Together, Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Let’s Stay Together, Albinez  Tango in D , I’m Yours, Artist’s Life Waltz, When You Say Nothing At All, Vienna Life Waltz, Need You Now, and Fly Me to the Moon. We finished this perfect evening with a perfect song for this Atlanta couple, Georgia on My Mind.

As we were leaving, several guests remarked to me how much they enjoyed the music. One man told me he especially liked all the contemporary music we played. That meant so much to me since I do a lot of these arrangements myself. I was also thrilled to be able to talk to Abbey and Mario too. We hope their lives together will be as perfect as this day was!

Club at Mediterra Cocktail Reception

The Club at Mediterra

The Club at Mediterra has to one of the most elegant places in  Naples to get married. There is a long pavered walkway from the parking area to a courtyard which then leads to a huge porte- cochere in front of the clubhouse.  The beautiful landscaping enhances the look to make this an excellent venue for a wedding ceremony. On this Saturday evening in April, Lindsey and Bryant were getting married and the Seaside Strings Trio was providing the wedding ceremony music and cocktail reception music. I am joined by colleagues Joan Stewart on violin and Diane Coffman on cello.

It was a warm evening so we were grateful that Mary Ann, the events manager at Mediterra,  had placed us in the shade. We were also thankful that any threat of rain was now over and it would be a beautiful evening for the couple and their guests. I had met Lindsey along with her mother last month to discuss the details and was excited for her that the big day had finally arrived!

We began to play prelude music thirty minutes prior to the ceremony. Guests gathered at the end of the walkway and close to the ceremony time then walked down to take their seats. We performed lively classical music selections. When I got the signal that they were ready to begin, we performed Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Seating of the Grandparents and the Mothers. When the Groom took his place at the top of the stairs and his Groomsmen had lined themselves down the steps , we concluded and switched to the music for the Entrance of the Bridesmaids, Charpentier’s Te Deum. The 5 Bridesmaids took their places on the other side , mirroring the men, as the Ring Bearers and Flower Girl came down the aisle.  The Pachelbel Canon in D announced the Entrance of our Bride. When Lindsey took her place at the top of the steps to join Bryant, we concluded and their friend Chriss, who served as Officiant,  welcomed everyone. Vows were spoken, rings exchanged and then a special poem was read during which we played quietly in the background the song Hallelujah. Lindsey called this the hand ceremony.  As the couples kissed and Chriss pronounced them husband and wife, we performed This Will Be (An Everlasting Love for the Recessional.

We quickly moved to the porte- cochere area where the cocktail reception would take place. We played a mix of music,  performing lively classical selections, several waltzes and popular songs such as Marry Me, All You Need is Love, Come Fly With Me, I’m Yours, Just the Way You Are Amazing, Kiss the Girl, How Sweet It is and Don’t Stop Believin’.  The highlight of the evening for us was when a couple began to dance to When I’m 64. We got such wonderful comments from the guests as they moved inside for the dinner.

We hope everyone enjoyed this special night and congratulations and best wishes to Lindsey and Bryant!

The Club at Meditterra cocktail reception